Pre-Writing for College

Instructor:  Leah Gomes

Class Assignments:

Reading Material:

Gmail & Google Docs:
  • If you do not have an email address, you can set up a Gmail account here
  • View instructional videos on how to use your new email here.
  • In this class, we will be using Google Docs. You can create an account here
  • You can find an overview of Google Docs here.
  • On our YouTube Channel, you can find instructional videos on Google Docs.
Additional Links:
  • On our YouTube Channel, you can find Ted Koppel's interview with Morrie Schwartz.
  • In his article "How to Mark a Book" Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. has some interesting ideas on taking notes in your books.

Helpful Links:



Library Research Tutorial

Literary Terms

Online Dictionary for definitions, spelling help and pronunciation. Use the Thesaurus to find synonyms and related words.

The largest and most trusted free online thesaurus. Quickly find synonyms and antonyms.

This interactive tutorial will teach you how to select a topic for a research paper and then show you have to find, and evaluate sources that you will need.

Understanding the essential terms and devices used by writers and poets in their works is very important when writing papers. By understanding these literary terms, you will gain a more thorough understanding of the work you are reading.

Common English Errors and Usage

Elements of Style

If you have a specific grammar question, this is a good place to find the answer. Brian would also like to sell you his books. All the information you need is free on the website!

This classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. It gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.

Essay Writing


Online Writing Lab

Structure of the Five Paragraph Essay - The chart is very helpful for visual learners. There is discussion of the structure and examples to follow.

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay - You may be writing an essay to argue for a particular point of view or to explain the steps necessary to complete a task.  Either way, your essay will have the same basic format.  Follow these simple steps to help you get started.

The Basics of APA Style - A tutorial that shows how to structure and format a paper, identifies how to avoid plagiarism, shows how to cite references in text, and provides examples. 

MLA Style Tutorial - Learn about quotations, formatting, citations, and the works cited page (includes exercises and resources)

MLA Interactive Tutorial - This tutorial shows you how to cite books, databases, and webpages.

Purdue's Citation Chart - See a side-by-side comparison of APA, MLA, and CMS (Chicago Manual of Style) styles.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers free resources for all areas of writing, including: essays, research papers, and resumes. They also offer help with MLA and APA format.